Wednesday, 19 November 2014

Let there be only one

Major rethink of the project over the last few days. All good news though!

I won't go into too much detail as it's very late, but in a nutshell the programmer/analyzer board has been scrapped, and the 2-PCB flash cartridge (PRG & CHA) in the pipeline has been brought forward and replaced with a single PCB that is also a programmer/analyzer. IOW, a single PCB design will do everything that previously three (3) were intended to do!

This has all been prompted by more detailed analysis of the various cartridge protection (banking and encryption) schemes which, although not overly complex, require a lot of routing through an FPGA if it is to cater for every cartridge.

And adding to the mix is the possibility of adding a 'bitmap' mode to the Neo Geo via the cartridge!

More details in a subsequent post.

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